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Oct 12, 2018 8:27 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Contamination Found In Westhampton Monitoring Well Leads To Testing Of More Than 60 Private Drinking Water Wells In Quogue And East Quogue

Oct 15, 2018 10:06 AM

Suffolk County officials announced on Thursday that the Department of Health Services will begin testing the private drinking water wells of more than 60 homes in Quogue and East Quogue, near the southeastern and northeastern boundaries of Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, after elevated levels of two unregulated chemicals were detected in a monitoring well last month.

Groundwater monitoring by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services—related to a county-owned Brownfields site known as the Canine Kennel, a former police K-9 kennel located in the eastern area of the airport property—found concerning levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, and perfluorooctanoic acid, according to Grace Kelly-McGovern, public relations director for the county office.

However, department officials declined to release specific concentrations of the chemicals on Friday. They did, however, confirm that “the highest concentration detected was significantly higher than the health advisory level established by the EPA.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warns that concentrations of more than 70 parts per trillion, or ppt, could pose a risk to those who consume drinking water tainted by the chemicals.

The private well testing, which is being done “out of an abundance of caution,” comes just six months after the county began testing more than 100 private wells in East Quogue and Quiogue after one of three monitoring wells near the former Southampton Town landfill, located at the end of Damascus Road in the hamlet, was found to contain 11.62 parts per billion of the same chemicals.

Southampton Town Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone said on Friday that the private well testing for properties near the defunct landfill found only two homes to be affected with levels above the EPA standard. He added that those homes have been provided with water filtration systems through the State Department of Environmental Conservation, free of charge.

PFOA and PFOS, which state environmental officials have repeatedly traced back to fire suppression foam, were also found in significant concentrations in Westhampton, Hampton Bays and Wainscott in recent months.

Free bottled water is being provided by the DEC to residents in the affected areas upon request. Deliveries will typically be provided within 48 hours after calling 631-852-4820, according to a recent Suffolk County press release.

The private well survey area in East Quogue is located in the area bounded on the north by Bluejay Way, on the west by Peacock Path and Quantuck Creek, south by the Quantuck Bay, Quogue Canal and the Shinnecock Bay, as well as to the east by Heatherwood Lane and Quogue Riverhead Road. Approximately 33 properties with private homes are estimated to be located in the area.

As for East Quogue, roughly 29 properties—located in the area bounded on the north by Lewis Road and Gabreski airport, on the west by Quogue Riverhead Road, Whippoorwill Lane and Peacock Path, to the south by Bluejay Way, Woodleigh Place, Sachem Lane and Damascus Road, and to the east by Lewis Road—are being advised to have their wells tested.

Mr. Zappone explained that the town is working toward applying to take part in a $200 million New York State grant in January to extend public water main access to the entire neighborhoods of Quogue and East Quogue.

“It’ll be up to the residents if they want to connect,” he said.

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... Zappone? Where's Schneiderman?
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Oct 13, 18 9:20 AM
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There is no photo op and it's west of the canal...
By cmac (184), East Quogue on Oct 14, 18 12:40 PM
Nothing that a Golf course can't fix
By dave h (193), calverton on Oct 16, 18 9:57 PM
"department officials declined to release specific concentrations of the chemicals" (oh boy) then next paragraph "was found to contain 11.62 parts per Billion of the same chemicals." 11.62 parts per Billion is equal to ~11,620,000 parts per Trillion. That is 166,000 times greater than the original EPA "safe" 70 ppt level which is now thought to be 10 times [1] too high which means the level is 1.66 MILLION times greater than the new EPA "safe" level. (Can anyone depute my math? Maybe I made a mistake)

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By Moneybogue (37), Westhampton Beach on Oct 27, 18 12:57 AM